Here is a photo essay showing the progress of my latest Botanical Illustration:
- Polychromos pencils smear like mad, leaving a green haze over the white areas of the drawing. This necessitates new strategies to protect the paper, including wiping newly sharpened pencils with a cloth, using an artist bridge and blowing fine particles off the drawing rather than brushing.
- It’s probably best to do a few small studies after a long dry spell before jumping in to a complex composition with a deadline.
- Using Prismacolor Black Grape in shadows on botanicals is not for the faint of heart. Best to stay with the Polychromos Indigo. Changing mid-drawing is a really bad idea.
- Irojiten Mulberry has potential as a replacement for Black Grape, needs further investigation and sampling. Save this for a few of the deepest darks. Nasco sells Irojitens open stock.
- The adult coloring book craze has decimated the colored pencil market and replacements from open stock are going to be hard to get until the fad runs its course.